March 6, 2015, 7:55pm
It’s a decision she hasn’t taken lightly, having served seven years in the top job for Logan City Council following 11 years as a divisional councillor.
‘I do have remorse in making this announcement,’ Ms Parker told a luncheon on Friday.
‘However, after the next local government elections in March 2016, it will be time for me to… begin the next chapter of life.’
Ms Parker was first elected as a divisional councillor in 1997.
She went on to contest the 2008 mayoral race, grabbing victory with 72 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote.
While she endured a ‘toxic political environment’ in her first term, Cr Parker said she was proud to have had the opportunity to promote the southeast Queensland city wedged between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
It’s a mission she says she’ll continue in her remaining 12 months as mayor.
‘Over the next year I am going to passionately continue letting the world know why Logan is a city of opportunity for investors, business and residents,’ Cr Parker pledged.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate both paid tribute to Ms Parker at the Council of Mayors South East Queensland meeting on Friday.
‘Pam Parker has been an absolute advocate for Logan,’ Mr Quirk said.
‘She has given that community a real sense of pride in itself.’
Mr Tate said he would miss working with his northern neighbour.
‘I love Pam,’ he said.